The Female Enduro
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: Pennsylvania, United States of America
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When I get to my destination, I put the case in the corner of my hotel room, or if the closet is big enough, it goes in there. Really, hard cases don't require any more dismantling of your bike than a soft case does. Basically, all the ones I have seen have the same set up. You take off the wheels, slide the handlebars out, take the pedals off, and slide the seatpost out. The seatpost, pedals, and wheels are all kept inside the case. You can also pack some other small things in boxes and put them in the case.
The only drawback I see with a hard case is that, yes, they are more of a pain to roll (be sure to get one with wheels) around the airport, because they are slightly larger and a bit on the heavy side.